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Yes, but you have to read the next book "The Ghost Brigades" and you'll get a little more information on what they look like, but not a lot. For some reason, I remember imagining that the Rraey look like humanoid birds or chickens because they squawk a lot during battle. On page 15 of the Ghost Brigades: a Rraey is examining humans. And he describes the ...


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This was something I was criticized for (fairly) and addressed in "Zoe's Tale." The short answer is that the species in question followed a herd of migratory animals, which is why they don't come back in the timeframe of the events of the novel. -- JS


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I found this interview that Scalzi gave. Scalzi (talking about the ethnicity [or lack thereof] of his characters): In terms of character, I still find myself not giving much of a description of ethnicity and so forth simply because I don’t want to write anything that isn’t essential. This isn’t just with human characters. With the Obin I almost ...


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The book was indeed updated to include more modern references. The original passage, found in a version of the book published in 2005, refers to the actor River Phoenix who died in 1993: It was the biggest potential star death since River Phoenix spasmed his life away in front of the Viper Club. In a 2008 publication of the book John Scalzi writes in the ...


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Remember that the his primary role in the plan was to talk to Gau and give him a message. The CDF would want a recorded verification that the message was correctly delivered. Also, recall that Gau claimed that all such evacuations were heavily documented and published to pretty much everyone. At least some of them were recorded because the colonists were ...


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I've reached out to John Scalzi himself via email (and did not really expect a response, that's why I also posted the question here), but lo and behold: he just replied: I updated it for the paperback edition in 2010. JS The year doesn't match fez's answer, but I can easily chalk that up to Scalzi's memory being fuzzy about the exact date. (Fez's answer ...


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The Human Division was initially released as a set of 13 chapbooks. I assume he's talking about the covers for each of those chapbooks, which you can see in this gallery; they are all credited to John Harris. Here are the first 2 chapbook covers as an example of the artwork: It appears that prints of some of these may be available from the website of his ...


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It's made explictly clear that the Yherajk (the aliens) have self-translated their language into something that we can understand: "Okay," I said. I looked over at Carl. "The....Earjack --" "Yherajk," Carl said, pronouncing it yee-heer-aahg-k. It's not our real name," Joshua said, "but you couldn't pronounce what we're actually called." "...


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You can see the Obin's on the Subterranean Press Illustrated edition of Zoe's Tale: https://vincentchongart.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/zoes-tale-cover/ Also another picture in the gallery of Vincent Chong: www.vincentchong-art.co.uk/2009 the obin.html Fuglies: www.vincentchong-art.co.uk/2009 fuglies.html


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